The Palmetto Insider

The blog of the South Carolina Policy Council

South Carolina Needs More Transparency on Test Results

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Let’s talk about education transparency for a moment.

Florida’s Department of Education (FLDOE) posted the SAT data report originally written by the College Board. The report shows the SAT profile on Florida public school seniors, the profile on national public school seniors and SAT profile on all Florida higher education institutions . It is a very detailed report–over 200 pages long with demographic breakdowns on each profile. Again, it is the original report written by the College Board, so the DOE didn’t have to do any work on it and it probably took them a few seconds to post it.

South Carolina’s DOE could easily just do the same thing. Question is, why didn’t they?

Don’t they want parents to have the full story on the state’s SAT scores?

Read more about our fact-checking the S.C. DOE’s spin on the 2010 SAT test scores.

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Written by Simon Wong

September 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

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  1. We need a lot more than that, I’m afraid. But none of what we need falls in line with your ideaology. What about the corridor of shame in the lowcountry? They’ve been neglected for years. Nobody cares though. You’re a business group, not a supporter of “individual freedom.” There is a huge difference.

    Steve

    September 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

  2. Thanks, Steve, for your comment. You are right that we need more than transparency. But it’s a start. What we also need is a better way to fund education. We are spending lots of money–but the resources could be used better. Check out our report on weighted student funding (WSF) to learn more. As I wrote there, “Under WSF, the district within which a child resides is irrelevant. All things being equal, low-income children, no matter where they live, are funded equally. It is difficult to imagine a fairer allocation.”
    See here: http://www.unleashingcapitalismsc.com/pdf/Chapter10.pdf
    formula.

    Jameson Taylor

    September 21, 2010 at 10:17 am


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